The Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard (SLQS) is newly developed and aligns with the Teaching Quality Standard and Leadership Quality Standard. On September 1, 2019, the standard will come into effect and will apply to all superintendents and chief deputy superintendents.
This Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard identifies seven competencies superintendents are required to demonstrate in their professional practice:
1. Building Effective Relationships
2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
3. Visionary Leadership
4. Leading Learning
5. Ensuring First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education for All Students
6. School Authority Operations and Resources
7. Supporting Effective Governance
Each competency in the standard includes several indicators designed to provide illustrative examples of competent superintendent leadership practice.
Just as the Teaching Quality Standard governs teacher certification, so the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard will govern superintendent certification. Effective September 1, 2019, superintendents will be required to hold superintendent leadership certification.
Newly hired superintendents who have not yet attained superintendent leadership certification will still be able to take up superintendent roles. However, they will be expected to complete the required programming leading to certification within a reasonable period of time. Education stakeholders are working collaboratively with Alberta Education to develop the leadership development program that will support our next generation of leaders and lead to superintendent leadership certification.
Individuals already in superintendent roles during the 2018-2019 school year will be recognized for their currency of experience and granted certification without having to complete other requirements.
While superintendents will be required to be certificated, all teachers with permanent certification may complete the certification requirements leading to the superintendent leadership certificate prior to taking on a superintendent position.
Further information on superintendent leadership certification will be made available over the next several months.